The #NotABugSplat Poster is a Reminder of Drone Strike Casualties

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Apr 10, 2014
References: notabugsplat & theguardian
'#NotABugSplat' is a massive portrait, installed face-up on a field in Pakistan, that depicts a girl who lost her entire family in a drone strike. A collective of Pakistani, American and French artists installed the portrait in Pakistan's heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region with the aim of raising awareness of civilian casualties of drone strikes. The portrait's social media-friendly name is intended to spur discussion on the widespread collateral damage wrought by drone warfare.

The term "bug splat" is crass military slang for drone strikes which, viewed on grainy video through drone pilots' monitors, appear to show insects being crushed. The artists hope that by installing a portrait of an innocent child victim -- large enough to be clearly picked up by drone cameras -- the insensitivity surrounding drone strike casualties can be challenged.

The unnamed child in the portrait lost her parents and her two siblings in a drone attack.